October 19, 2015

Announcing: Etymology

Kerri Lynn Miller as Catherine & Delphina Belle as Millie
This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to work alongside the exceptional Kerri Lynn Miller (The Four Letter Word, Blue Bloods)and Delphina Belle (Blacklist, Fading Gigolo) on Etymology for director, Maria McIndoo.

It's the story of a mother preparing her daughter for a spelling bee, all while trying to handle her own personal challenges.

Producing alongside Miller from a screenplay I'd written, we were joined by some incredibly talented people both in front of and behind the camera.

We'll be working on the film over the coming months and look bringing it to festivals in 2016.

August 18, 2015

Noise - Written & Directed by Maximilian Williamson

 is the new film from writer & director Maximillian Williamson, produced by my partners on Muscle, Johnny Sanchez and Fiona Graham (who also both appear).

The story follows Ryan (Michael Rogers), caught in a stasis, then shifting through an existential crisis. I've seen both the screenplay and a handful of early stills, and even the word 'stunning' still falls short in its description. This is going to be one of those movies that - through their boldness - almost defy description.

Also returning to the set are cinematographer, Jeff Melanson and sound recordists, Emmanuel Germond, casting director, Tiffany Little Canfield (of Telsey + Company), among many others. If anything, I was sorry to miss this gig. However, just seeing what these guys have produced makes me excited for the next one.

June 17, 2015

Announcing: Muscle

Fiona Graham as Amanda

Last year, I had an opportunity to create something for one of my favorite actors, Fiona Graham.

Anyone who has seen Jackrabbit or Elsewhere, NY  instantly understands just why I enjoy working with Fiona, and when she asked if I could write something for her and the director, Heidi Miami Marshall, I jumped at the chance.

Muscle is the story of Amanda (played by Fiona), a woman who discovers her husband has a terminal disease must choose whether to stay with him or go.

Whilst writing a film is the easy part, making it happen is something else entirely, and over the past year or so, that’s just what we’ve been doing.

Working alongside producer Johnny Sanchez, Fiona, Heidi and I have been busy preparing the film, working hard to bring in the very best talent on both sides of the lens. And so it was, just a couple of weeks ago, we headed to upstate New York to shoot the short film.

Joining Fiona onscreen are Marc Menchaca (Homeland, This Is Where We Live) as her husband Craig, and Reiko Aylesworth (24, Lost, Revolution, Damages, Alien vs Predator: Requiem).

May 26, 2015

Elsewhere, NY: Official Selection for East End Film Festival 2015 and Other Films You Shouldn't Miss

Elsewhere, NY, directed by Jeffrey P. Nesker from a screenplay I wrote, is headed to the prestigious East End Film Festival this coming July for its European premiere.

Of course, every festival acceptance feels amazing, but this one is made all the more special because we're being joined by some fantastic friends and their movies at the event.

Firstly, there's Take it Back and Start All Over by my great friend and former Bootleg Film Festival collaborator, Neil Rolland.

Neil's been on quite the journey to realize his debut feature, and so first showing on the festival circuit is something special indeed. Telling the story of Jennie (Kerri Clarence), a former musician whose life and marriage is in a rut. But when she meets a charming guy with a guitar, things life soon forces her to take stock.

Find out more about this screening.

As part of the opening gala, there's Amit Gupta's delightful One Crazy Thing, starring my friend Ray Panthaki.

When Jay, a former soap star, finds himself on the wrong side of infamy, thanks to a regretful sextape, he puts himself into exile, running the family restaurant. But a random meeting with American stranger, Hannah (Daisy Bevan) reinvigorates him, and now it's just a case of how to deal with that tape.

Ray is an East End Film Festival alum, after his incredible film, Life Sentence, took the Best Short award at the event in 2013.

Find out more about this screening.

Also on the bill are many of the movies from this year's Cinequest, such as Julie Sokolow's charming and thoughtful Aspie Seeks Love, which took the Best Documentary prizes at both Cinequest and Omaha Film Festival this year.

Following artist David Matthews, a man who has spent the past 20 years posting personal ads on telephone poles, on his quest to find love after being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of 41. Trust me, this is film is a real gem.

Find out more about this screening. 

Astraea, from Kristjan Thor, is a post-apocalyptic drama in which Nerea Duhart plays a telepathic teenager, trekking through the snow with her brother, looking for the rest of their family.

Visually, this is a stunning film, and Nerea is a talent to behold at the center of the drama.

Find out more about this screening.

Next up, Tom Meadmore's feature-length documentary, How to Lose Jobs & Alienate Girlfriends points a camera fiercely into his own universe as he follows his girlfriend and his boss as they seek their own versions of success in Melbourne.

It's total 'warts-and-all' stuff as Tom's own insecurities become part of the film's own creases.

Find out more about this screening.

Malady, from Jack James, is an affective piece, about a bereaved woman (Roxy Bulger) finding solace in a man connected via his own pain.

Industry tome Variety, cited the film's "fearsomely committed performances" and James' own cinematography as key to the film's success, so it's good to see the film finding wider audiences.

Find out more about this screening.

Killswitch is a fascinating documentary that takes the oft-obscure concepts of internet freedoms and controls, and turns the dial to clear.

Ali Akbarzadeh's storytelling skills are definitely on full display here, as he weaves the tale from political to personal via SOPA and the tragic death of Aaron Swartz.

Find out more about this screening.

Last but not least of course, Elsewhere, NY - the little film that we produced out of my small apartment in Astoria, New York.

I've written so much about the making of the movie, that, if you don't know it by now, you can easily read all about it right here.

For me, the biggest smile-maker in all of this is not just that a film we produced in my new hometown is having its European debut in the city of my birth, but rather that it's sharing a platform with so many films by amazing friends.

Best of luck to everyone at East End Film Festival 2015.

Web Drama: Looking for Kathleen

I recently had the opportunity to write and produce a small four-part web drama for Maria McIndoo to direct. Looking for Kathleen tells the story of Amy (played by Fiona Graham), a woman searching for her birth mother whilst tackling deep insecurities within her own marriage.

Steve Carrieri takes on the role of Amy's husband Nick, with Tina Alexis Allen as Ella. Rounding out the cast is Richard Gallagher (Orange is the New Black) as Kevin.

Fiona Graham as Amy

Steve Carrieri as Nick
Tina Alexis Allen as Ella
Richard Gallagher as Kevin
It goes without saying that from Pale Horses to Let It Go, working with Maria has been a total blast, so it's been a real pleasure to see her working on this project. The series will be debuting on Cinema Zero soon - watch this space - but in the meanwhile, be sure to check out mariamcindoo.com

April 21, 2015

Elsewhere, NY takes a Gold Remi at WorldFest in Houston

I'm very proud to announce that Elsewhere, NY took the Gold Remi for Experimental Feature Film at the 48th WorldFest in Houston, TX this past weekend.

Fiona Graham was also nominated for her role as Christine in the movie, so again, huge congratulations are in order.

We'll be bringing more news on Jeffrey P. Nesker's feature debut over the coming months, but in the meanwhile, I'm just glad to see the little movie doing big things.

March 05, 2015

Elsewhere, NY: Official Selection for WorldFest Houston 2015

Fresh off the back of the successful US premiere at Cinequest Film Festival 2015, we're excited to announce that Elsewhere, NY has been selected for WorldFest Houston 2015.

Details of the screenings are yet to be released, but the festival runs from April 10-19 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Obviously, we're all really proud of Jeffrey P. Nesker's debut feature, and we're glad to see the film doing so well for itself.